Kerry complains to Moscow about Iran general's visit

General Qassem Suleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps' foreign operations, pictured on September 14, 2013, reportedly visited Russia in July 2015US Secretary of State John Kerry called his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Thursday to express concern about a visit to Moscow by the commander of Iran’s covert forces, a senior State Department official said. General Qassem Suleimani, head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps’ foreign operations, reportedly visited Russia late last month despite being subject to UN-backed international sanctions. A State Department spokesman said Wednesday the United States had confirmed the trip had taken place and said US officials would raise their concerns with Russia at an upcoming New York meeting on violent extremism.

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